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SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

| July 24, 2014
SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

The purpose of the Loch Sunart MPA is to facilitate the very differing management, monitoring and surveying requirements of conserving common skate. The common skate is the largest skate in the world. It was once found around the entire British coastline but unsustainable levels of fishing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have reduced the […]

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R4 Costing The Earth– UK Sharks

| September 19, 2013
R4 Costing The Earth– UK Sharks

From the Radio 4 Costing The Earth program notes ………… Ever since the film ‘Jaws’ hit the big screen, sharks have been portrayed as aggressive, indiscriminate killers. But in reality there are only a handful of deaths as a result of shark attacks each year, whilst around 70 million sharks are killed by humans, pushing […]

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MASTS Workshop Summary Report

| September 9, 2013
MASTS Workshop Summary Report

The purpose of the workshop was to highlight the current elasmobranch research taking place in Scottish waters and to see if a collaborative approach might be beneficial in driving future research forwards. The workshop attracted 31 participants from a wide range of backgrounds. The workshop and session was opened by the Chair, Prof. Teresa Fernandes, […]

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How skate tagging came about

| September 4, 2013
How skate tagging came about

In an interview recorded by Phill Williams of Fishing Films & Facts he discusses with the late Dr Dietrich Burkel how skate tagging came about and Dietrich also reflects on the decline of certain other stocks. You can listen to the interview here.

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RIP – Dr Dietrich Burkel

| July 23, 2013
RIP – Dr Dietrich Burkel

We are very sad to report the news concerning the death of Dr. Dietrich Burkel. Dietrich was a Life Member of our organisation and his illustrations, which can only be considered as works of art, have been used in many of our trifolds/fliers/web images etc. Dietrich started the whole volunteers tagging sharks concept in the […]

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Scottish MPAs–Report on progress

| December 14, 2012
Scottish MPAs–Report on progress

A Report on Progress on the Development of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network for Scotland has been laid in the Scottish Parliament. It reports on which sites are currently included in the network and outlines progress on Nature Conservation MPAs, Historic MPAs, and Demonstration and Research MPAs and includes 46 Special Areas of Conservation, […]

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Skating Scientists

| November 14, 2012
Skating Scientists

Cecilia Pinto who is looking at computer modelling of skate populations for her PhD and Francis Neat, a Marine Scotland scientist were out looking to support her work by tagging skate in the Sound of Jura when Chechilia recaptured a SSTP tagged fish. On logging the data with us we were able to inform her […]

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Deep sea expedition discovers unusual new shark species

| August 16, 2012
Deep sea expedition discovers unusual new shark species

A two-month fishing expedition to the Indian Ocean has turned up hundreds of strange deep-sea sharks, and several are likely new to science. At least eight new species could be among the fishy haul, said Paul Clerkin, a shark ecology graduate student at California’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Clerkin joined the commercial fishing venture in […]

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